The Indian opener, KL Rahul has managed to retain his sixth position while skipper Virat Kohli and left-hander Shikhar Dhawan have gained one place each in the latest ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen after featuring in the three-match series against Sri Lanka which the men in blue won by 2-0 with the first game being abandoned due to rain.
Rahul, the highest-ranked Indian batsman, gained 26 points and is now on 760 rating points, just six behind Australia’s Glenn Maxwell after scores of 45 and 54 in his two innings against Sri Lanka. Kohli, top-ranked in Tests and ODIs, is in ninth position while Dhawan, who scored 32 and 52 in the two games, is now standing at the 15th position. Manish Pandey also took a leap of four positions for now reaching the 70th place. The batting list is topped by Pakistan’s Babar Azam.
India’s fast bowlers have also made notable gains in the first T20I update of the year.
Navdeep Saini, ‘Player of the Series’ against Sri Lanka, has rocketed 146 places to 98th while Shardul Thakur has re-entered in 92nd position after both finished with five wickets under their belt in the series. Jasprit Bumrah has gained eight places to reach 39th place as the list headed by Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
In the team rankings, India has gained two points but still standing at the 5th place with 260 points, while Sri Lanka has lost two points and now has 236, the same as Afghanistan.
India will now be taking part in the three-match ODI series against Australia before playing the five-match T20I series in New Zealand. The men in blue defeated Sri Lanka by 78 runs in the Pune T20I in Friday.